Investigative Services Division
The Investigative Services Division of the Taylor Police Department is comprised of eight investigators and a supervisor. The Polygraph Unit is a part of this Division in addition to crime scene investigations. There is also a Domestic Violence Unit assigned to the Division that includes one investigator (assigned solely to family criminal matters), a prosecutor, and a victim’s advocate.
Investigation responsibilities include pursuing cases from initial patrol reports through warrant presentation to local and/or Wayne County Prosecutor’s Offices.
Detectives are responsible for investigating crimes committed against persons, including misdemeanor and felonious assaults, kidnappings, armed robberies, carjackings, sexual assaults, and homicides. Investigators also perform theft prevention training for businesses as well as citizen groups throughout the city. Two detectives are assigned to juvenile offenses, criminal issues in the schools, child predator investigations, child pornography, child abuse, and child neglect.
Investigative Services Bureau
The Taylor Police Investigative Services Bureau also investigates property and financial-related crimes, such as credit card fraud, check fraud, embezzlements, larcenies, computer crimes and any other fraudulent activity. In addition, cases often are investigated in conjunction with private business loss prevention personnel, as well as investigators representing retail companies, banks and health care agencies.
- Administering criminal and narcotics forfeiture actions
- Conducting interviews
- Conducting undercover investigations and criminal surveillances
- Gathering and disseminating information on criminal activity
- Performing investigations on child welfare
- Preparing and executing criminal search warrants
- Processing crime scenes
- Providing liaison services to the Taylor School District
- Serving as liaisons with other law enforcement agencies
- Preparing warrant requests for presentation to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office for review and potential criminal charges
Regular Communication Efforts
Our detectives interact regularly with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, Immigration, and U.S. Customs, in collaborative efforts.
Taylor Police Crime Lab
The Investigative Services Division oversees the Taylor Police Crime Lab. There are several police officers known as Evidence Technicians that specialize in the documentation, preservation and collection of evidence from crime scenes. One of those specialists is assigned full time to the Crime Laboratory, located in the Taylor Police Education Center on municipal grounds.
The evidence specialists provide support and advanced state-of-the-art equipment needs at major crime scenes. One of the primary features of the Crime laboratory is the Latent Print Section which is responsible for the examination of latent print evidence and the comparison of unknown to known prints.
That officer is also responsible for latent print processing and is a certified operator of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Taylor P.D. is one of only a few AFIS locations in the State of Michigan and assists neighboring police agencies with evidence processing and fingerprint identification.
Additional responsibilities include offering expert testimony at court proceedings, evidence preservation and collection training to police personnel and the community, and coordinating additional forensic examinations with other forensic laboratories.
The Taylor Police Department encourages tips from the public as another tool in identifying and arresting criminals. The department discourages computerized crime tip reporting. This method is usually incomplete and prevents a police officer from speaking to the caller and obtaining the needed information for an investigation. Tips are assigned to an investigator for follow-up.
Tipsters shall remain anonymous. Tipsters may call the main police department number at 734-287-6611.